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SCT Tuner "canned tunes" vs Gearhead Custom

I've been running the SCT "canned tunes" for just over a year and ran the street tune daily to improve power, shifting etc. I was pretty happy with it but it wasn't perfect and the shift points seemed to be off especially when downshifting with the tow button on.

I decided sunday to order the Gearhed custom Street Race Lite (SRL) tune (since I don't have studs) and I am completely blown away! I thought the difference from stock to canned tune was big but the Gearhead tune is on another level entirely. The turbo lag seems non-existant now and the truck picks up and goes immediately after the skinny pedal is hit!

The shift points are amazing and there's zero jerk like I had previously with the canned tunes. The tow button also seems to work better since I use it to descend a big hill from my house every morning. The GH also has smoother power, I can't think of a better way to say it but it pulls hard the entire time.

There's also noticeably less black smoke when I get on the gas which is interesting and the gas mileage has gone up 3-4mpg depending on how hard I'm running her.

The last thing I'll say about Gearhead is the customer service is ON POINT! I ordered the tune on Sunday and filled out a request form with my vehicle details. By Monday morning at 9am I had the tune in my email and was able to get it on the truck asap. I had a couple questions afterwards and the guys responded to my email questions within 30min each time.

I am by no means associated with Gearhead and I was actually about to order from another company when a friend recommended these guys. I hope this helps someone, I couldn't be more pleased.
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There are some pretty good guys over there at GH and they do some quality work.
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Before my 6.0 I had a 13 EcoBoost. Custom tunes would blow away the strategy tunes.

I used my old X3 and loaded the strategy tune to my 6.0 and it did improve it, but now I'm ready for a custom tune! I'm gonna wait until I have the studs done to go all out.
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Before my 6.0 I had a 13 EcoBoost. Custom tunes would blow away the strategy tunes.

I used my old X3 and loaded the strategy tune to my 6.0 and it did improve it, but now I'm ready for a custom tune! I'm gonna wait until I have the studs done to go all out.
A good custom tune will be safer on the stock head bolts than the canned ones.


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A good custom tune will be safer on the stock head bolts than the canned ones.
Good to know. I will more than likely return to stock. I cant get in to have my studs and the rest done until April-May.
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Good to hear. I'm currently looking into getting some custom tunes from Gearhead as well, so I appreciate your review

I did notice you mentioned considerably less black smoke now vs. the canned tune. Are you running bigger turbo/injectors or are you stock? Reason being, I'm running the SCT canned street tune now (stock injectors/turbo) and I don't see any black smoke at all...even at WOT.

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I did notice you mentioned considerably less black smoke now vs. the canned tune. Are you running bigger turbo/injectors or are you stock? Reason being, I'm running the SCT canned street tune now (stock injectors/turbo) and I don't see any black smoke at all...even at WOT.

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When I went from canned to Gearhead (I was 100% stock then) the street tune (I think what's the mild power one?) made ok power but was smokey and hot, the performance one made even less power but was even smokier. Gearheads Extreme SRL was way better almost no smoke and the transmission shift was great and to this day still my favorite shifting out of every tuner I've tried.


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